Oakcrest High School teacher David Jungblut likes to lead by example. As a ninth-grade science teacher, the 57-year-old Ocean City resident could easily just instruct his classes, assign homework and grade tests.
But Jungblut likes to go the extra mile, tying current events into his curriculum and showing how science plays a relevant role in society and how students — not just scientists — can make a difference.
He developed techniques, which he taught in his classroom, showing how wind bursts — not just flooding, as insurance companies claimed — played a major role in destroying homes during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He compiled scientific information and offered an approach for claims, never charging for his time. Jungblut said many lawyers are using his research to win cases.
On the day the BP oil leak began in April, he began asking his classes for solutions to cap the spill and clean up the oil. They brainstormed, and one student, Mays Landing's Chris Devine, 15, came up with a coupling idea that was pretty close to the permanent cement plug that was ultimately used to cap the leak in September. Jungblut's class, as well as others across the country, were featured on "CBS Evening News" for their efforts.
"When you engage the kids and really get them involved, they get very serious about it," said Jungblut, who went to Florida this summer to examine the oil spill. "It's almost like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill were talking to me about everything I learned in my studies and in my life. It makes me happy that I can help people."
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's Council of Black Faculty and Staff honored Galloway Township's David Carr and Yuberky Pena with awards for their contributions to the college community. Carr received the lifetime achievement award for work on graduate programs during his tenures as executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pena was commended for her years of administrative service at the college. The two will be honored during an awards banquet Nov. 10 at the Carriage House in Galloway.
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